About Líofa

The word Líofa means ‘fluent’ and this is precisely what The Líofa Initiative strives to achieve – a greater number of fluent Irish speakers.  

We at Líofa aim to encourage as many people as possible to make a personal pledge to improve their Irish, and in doing so, to join a community of like-minded people focused on learning and using the language. We also aim to support learners at any stage on their language journey, as the Irish proverb goes Ní neart go cur le chéile, which means that together we're stronger.

The Líofa Initiative was launched in September 2011 to get 1,000 people to sign up to Líofa and commit to improving and using Irish. In light of the huge interest and momentum in the campaign, the target has recently been revised to 20,000 pledges by 2020. 

Líofa can offer you lots of practical support to help you learn Irish:

  • You can access the learning resource Now You’re Talking and the Líofa Newsletters through our website.
  • You can apply to attend an Irish-language summer course in Donegal through the Líofa Gaeltacht Bursary Scheme (The scheme will open for applications from 8 January 2019 in line with press advert on 8 January 2019. Deposits of all courses booked by unsuccessful applicants will be refunded if requested. This means that courses can be booked early directly with colleges to avoid disappointment.  The Líofa Gaeltacht Bursary Scheme 2019 Application Form is available online. Hard copies are also available from 8 January 2019. Please call 028 9051 5014 a or 028 9051 5008 to discuss any aspect of this (10.00 -16.00 exc Christmas holidays 24-26 Dec 2018 and 1 January 2019). Please refer to Gaeltacht section of website and Gaeltacht colleges to check which colleges are in the 2019 scheme.
  • You can follow us on social media (Oifigigh Ghaeilge Líofa and soon Líofa as well) for learning tips and more.
  • We offer practical support in establishing an Irish language class in clubs or community groups.
  • We can direct to your nearest Irish-language class. 

Líofa recognises that the Irish language does not belong to any particular group or individual, but is a rich, vibrant language to be spoken by anyone who wishes to do so. So please join us and sign up to Líofa today.